Thursday, April 2, 2009

It's an Earthquake (Cake)!!!!!

Several years ago, I was involved in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. It was fun, and sometimes I miss the camaraderie of it all. The meetings moved from one sister's house to another, and at one of the homes, I had the pleasure of enjoying the best chocolate cake I could remember trying. I LOVED it!

Fortunately, my sorority sister was kind enough to share her recipe. I've made it several times since then, and will likely be making one for the cake walk at our upcoming school family fun night. I'm going to share the recipe today as part of the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap!

Earthquake Cake

1 c. coconut
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 2-layer size German Cake mix (plus ingredients to prepare)
1/2 c. margarine, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. powdered sugar

Combine coconut and nuts. Spread evenly in bottom of unprepared 13 x 9 cake pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake batter over the coconut/nut mixture.

Combine margarine, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Drop this by large spoonfuls over the top of the cake batter.

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Be careful not to overcook. Cake top will crinkle, and this is fine. Cool slightly while making the icing.

Prepare icing:

2 T. cocoa powder
6 T. cold strong-brewed coffee (or cola if you don't like coffee flavor)
1/2 c. margarine
2 c. powdered sugar

Place powdered sugar in a bowl.

Combine cocoa, coffee (or cola), and margarine in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture boils, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour over the powdered sugar. Beat well with a wire whisk or electric mixer until smooth. Spread over cooled (not cold) cake.

This is absolutely fabulous warm!!!!

For more great recipes, be sure and pop over to the Grocery Cart Challenge. :)


Annie Jones said...

I don't bake a lot of sweets but THIS one, I have to try!

heartnsoulcooking said...

YUMMY!!! a must try recipe. I will have to add this recipe to my recipe box. If you have the time stop by and visit my blog @
I will follow your blog, now maybe you can follow mine. THANKS!!! Geri

Alicia W. said...

yum! That sounds delish! Thanks so much for the recipe and I will for sure be trying it out. :)

Charles said...

Sounds GREAT!!!